carter pate (CPATE@UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Thu, 18 May 1995 14:02:14 EDT
In catching up on mail, I've just raced through the comments on the "Darwin
Fish." Fascinating! Yes, I've seen it, but I don't remember where. What
strikes me most, is that no one has yet mentioned the article in the most
recent Discover magazine on the emergence of tetrapods onto the land. (I also
raced through it, so don't expect deep scientific critique.) If the position
suggested, that preadaptations often occur, then where does that leave classic
Darwinian "natural selection"?
I'm not a relativity absolutist, but the whole discussion persuades me that it
is in the world of symbolic behavior that relativity becomes ALMOST absolute.
What a delightful range of interpretations (probably reflecting varieties in
experiences, biases and insights among our contributors1)